Survivors Get Tour of Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/7/05

Survivors Get Tour of Lubbock

It's day four at Reese Center for nearly 400 survivors who are trying to figure out where they'll call home. Our city officials want Lubbock to be an option. So to show what we had to offer, the city chartered a trolley to tour the area.

NewsChannel 11 followed Katrina survivors as they got their first look at the Hub City. We met up with one man named Michael Stone, otherwise known as Stoney-B-Blues. He is a jazz man who plays the guitar and has a CD out in New Orleans. He could also be the newest citizen of Lubbock. "I like what I see, it's real nice."

Stoney along with 20 other survivors are living in a hangar at Reese Center, and this was the first time they have got to see Lubbock in it's entirety. "I want to see what's around. I plan to stay here."

The flat, dry lands of Lubbock were definitely a different view than the humid, wet city of New Orleans. But most on the tour thought this could be a place to hang their hat. One couple said, "I love it, we're staying. This is going to be our new home." Stoney adds, "The people. There are some of the friendliest people I've ever seen. One lady stepped on another lady's foot and they both said 'Excuse me."

The city's chief of staff Dixon Platt narrated the tour which started at Reese, and went through the medical centers, Texas Tech, and many other Lubbock landmarks.

Lubbock has been seen as a land of opportunity, and that's exactly why Michael Stone will be singing the blues, Texas style. "Lubbock has found a true blues man!"

You can see Stoney-B-Blues debut this Saturday in Levelland at the Mean Girl Grill at 6:30pm.

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